ASH Daily News for 09 January 2017



  • Northern Ireland: Proposals to ban smoking in cars carrying children
  • Nine in ten vaping shops are caught selling nicotine to children in trading standards investigation
  • Smokers face fight against habit alone as Tory cuts hit anti-smoking services
  • Theresa May vows to correct ‘burning injustices’
  • EU: track and trace could be delayed
  • Value of ‘heat not burn’ smoking technology stalling BAT buyout
  • Letter in response to vaping and male fertility study
  • Guest blog: Smoking and vaping in public places

Northern Ireland: Proposals to ban smoking in cars carrying children

Plans to ban smoking in private vehicles carrying children have been opened for consultation, the Northern Ireland health minister has announced.

In February 2016, Assembly members voted in favour of introducing the ban.

Similar legislation came into force in England and Wales in October 2015 and in Scotland in December 2016. In the Republic of Ireland, a ban took effect last year.

The consultation will run from 6 January 2017 to 3 March 2017.

Source: BBC News – 06 January 2017
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West Midlands: Nine in ten vaping shops are caught selling nicotine to children in trading standards investigation

An undercover trading standards operation in the West Midlands has found 90% of vaping shops visited sold nicotine-inhaling products to an underage volunteer, according to a new report.

The latest research shows that out of ten shops visited by the volunteer for Sandwell Trading Standards in the West Midlands, nine sold them products containing nicotine, such as e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

Now trading standards watchdogs are advising retailers to be vigilant and responsible when selling e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine to under-18s, applying the same checks as they do to the sale of any other age-restricted products.

Source: This is Money – 09 January 2017
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Smokers face fight against habit alone as Tory cuts hit anti-smoking services

New stats released by Labour show that cuts to public health grants will hit anti-smoking services.

And data collected by the Association of Directors of Public Health shows local smoking cessation programmes are planning to see cuts of 61 per cent and a complete decommissioning of five per cent in the financial year, 2016–17.

Labour say that the problem is made worse by a lack of progress in publishing the Tobacco Control Plan, which was initially promised in mid-2016.

Source: Daily Mirror – 07January 2017
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Theresa May vows to correct ‘burning injustices’

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to introduce wide-ranging social reforms to correct what she calls the “burning injustices” in modern society.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she said the UK had voted for Brexit to change the way the country works.

Mrs May proposed a “shared society” where the government has a duty to intervene, including in markets not giving consumers the best deal.

Her comments come ahead of a speech on social reform on Monday.

Source: BBC News – 08 January 2017
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EU: track and trace could be delayed

A track and trace programme aimed at stamping out illicit tobacco may not be introduced in time for its May 2019 launch date.

The programme was built into EU legislation as an essential part of preventing smuggling and counterfeiting of cigarettes and rolling tobacco following the introduction of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

All tobacco must be marked with a unique code and stamp, which ensures it is authentic and can be traced from the moment it leaves the factory all the way through to shops’ shelves.

A new EU report, issued just before Christmas, said it was unlikely to meet the May 2019 deadline for introduction, adding that “more time is needed to establish the integration of such systems”.

Source: Better Retailing – 07 January 2017
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Value of ‘heat not burn’ smoking technology stalling BAT buyout

The negotiations between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Reynolds, the American maker of Camel cigarettes, towards a £38bn merger are stuck on the value of new technology, it has been claimed.
BAT, which already owns 42pc of Reynolds, bid $56.50 per share in a mix of cash and stock in October, but was rejected.

The two companies have been attempting to thrash out a deal since, amid volatility in the value of consumer staples and against the backdrop of the election of Donald Trump.

Analysts at Jefferies said they expect a deal to be done at around $60, with a greater proportion of cash.

Source: Telegraph – 07 January 2017
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Letter in response to vaping and male fertility study

In response to reports on a study released last week which suggested that certain e-cigarette flavours could affect male fertility, the following letter from Professor Peter Hajek of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine has been published in The Times:

Sir,
The study generating this latest anti-vaping salvo has not even been published and so there is no peer-review reassurance regarding its findings, but it is obvious that no comparison with effects of cigarettes were made; and that submerging sperm in e-cigarette liquid and food flavourings has no relationship to human exposure anyway. There are no known adverse effects on fertility from exposure to cinnamon apple pies or chewing gum; smoking however is known to harm male fertility in several ways. Switching from smoking to vaping is hugely beneficial. The most likely impact of misinforming smokers about risks of vaping is that they carry on smoking.

Source: The Times – 07 January 2017 (£ – scroll down to vaping and health)
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Guest blog: Smoking and vaping in public places

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Programme Lead at Public Health England, considers how vaping is changing thinking on smokefree policies.

See also:
Hospital vaping ban sends ‘mixed message’ about dangers, says public health expert, Herald Scotland

Source: RSPH – 06 January 2017
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